Opposition leader Yitzhak Herzog launched his latest attack on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government on Sunday, demanding the coalition resign over the shortage of basic food products in supermarkets.
"Today, we will place the four species in the sukkah, decorate it and bless the fruit of the land," Herzog wrote on his Facebook page. "But Israeli citizens shopping in supermarkets and grocery stores cannot find vegetables, fruits and meat. The yield of the land is gone."
According to Herzog, "since Yom Kippur, the shortage of vegetables, meat and basic food products has become rampant. It affects and harms the poorest places in Israel."
The Zionist Union chairman blamed the shortage on long-standing government policy under Netanyahu which "destroyed Israeli agriculture, suppressed farmers and caused them heavy losses."
"Thousands of farmers are unable to work because Netanyahu's government mistreated them with exorbitant water prices and excessive bureaucracy," Herzog charged. "No one's dealing with neglect in this important industry. It affects the plate and pocket of every one of us."
Herzog neglected to mention, however, that the reason for the current shortage in fowl likely stems not from government policy but the recent Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
The majority of slaughterhouse workers – with the exception of slaughterers themselves and kashrut inspectors – are Arab Muslims, whose absence from work over the holidays slows down production activity.